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Help Guide for Learn More About Healthcare Costs (READ me)

Click on LEARN MORE – GENERAL COST of Medical Care if you want to learn about a typical approximate average cost for surgery or health care service. The LEARN MORE – HEALTH INSURANCE cost category provides links to learn about problems of the uninsured, how much average insurance premiums cost, HSAs and High Deductible Health Plans, and the difficulty in finding low cost affordable health insurance

Fact Sheet: Underpayment by Medicare & Medicaid (2019)

Analysis by the American Hospital Association shows that Medicare and Medicaid under-pay the true cost of hospital care by about $77 billion. This cost ends up being borne by other payors and commercial insurance. Using 2017 data, it is estimated Medicare pays 87 cents on the dollar, and Medicaid also pays 87. January 2019 report

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2017 National Health Costs at $10,739 per person Editor's Pick

Health spending increased 3.9% in 2017 to an estimated level of $10,739 per capita (per person), representing 17.9 percent of GDP, $3.5 trillion. Which means every man, woman and child spent on average $29 EACH DAY (either through insurance, out-of-pocket costs or taxes) to pay for America’s healthcare. Medicare spending grew 4.2%, Medicaid growth slowed to 2.9%; private insurance was up 4.2%. Out of pocket grew 2.6%. Includes nursing home and drug costs. CMS data

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